According to Schuman, the goal is to get a portion of Cozy Cove Road, which leads into the RV park, paved from gravel to asphalt and the TDD would be used to pay for the material.

The owners of a lakefront restaurant and accompanying resort and RV park are considering a Transportation Development District (TDD) to pay for the cost of paving a county gravel road.

Camden County Road and Bridge Administrator Lee Schuman, P.E., told commissioners last Thursday that the owners of Papa Chubby’s Food and Booze and Peaceful Valley Resort & RV Park in Sunrise Beach have had preliminary conversations about the formation of the special taxing district that would allow for road improvements through a 1-percent sales tax only implemented on customers who use the facilities.

According to Schuman, the goal is to get a portion of Cozy Cove Road, which leads into the RV park, paved from gravel to asphalt and the TDD would be used to pay for the material.

“We’re wondering how that process gets started and if it’s even possible,” Schuman said.

First District Commissioner Bev Thomas explained that the owners would have to file the TDD through a private attorney in Camden County Circuit Court for approval by a judge and the Missouri Department of Transportation would also have to sign off on the project.

“It’s a little bit of a complicated procedure, doesn’t mean it can’t happen, but it does take a little bit of work to get through,” Thomas commented. “They (MoDOT) have to agree to it, they have the right to file an objection.”

Schuman asked whether or not the county policy for private parties to purchase the materials and then use R&B labor and equipment to complete the project would be possible, but Thomas said if the TDD is approved the owners would have to hire a private contractor for the road work.

Schuman expects to have more conversations with the owners to weigh all possible options.

Wastewater/Sewer District Agreement

The Commission also a had a brief discussion and subsequently approved a contract for services with local licensed engineer and business owner, James Rericha. Rericha has been working for free as a private citizens assisting the Camden County Sewer District and Camden County Wastewater Board for approximately the last two and a half years and also met with the Commission on March 28, 2017 to propose expanding services.

“Our professional licensure requires us to have a contract to provide professional services. The sewer board will be advised and approve any cost if there were any, but right now the plan is to go forward with no costs, have me attend all board meetings and provide assistance,” Rericha said. “This just covers me as a professional engineer.”

The Commission had to approve the contract because the Sewer Board was unsure if they had the legal authority to enter into agreements for services.

When Rericha met with the Commission last March, he proposed the county commission make the Camden County Sewer District, established in 1985, the main district with the ability to contract intergovernmental agreements to connect properties that fall outside the legally defined district.

There are currently three sewer districts - Camelot, Sunny Slope and Normac - with the Camelot Sewer District serving as the administrator with two members from Camelot, two members from Sunny Slope and one member from Normac.

According to Rericha, the Camelot Sewer District has about 50-61 percent availability while Sunny Slope is at 44 percent and Normac is at 84 percent, and all three were designed with future expansion in mind.